kshacklett

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    kshacklett got a reaction from TeeHole in Butternut squash   
    I roast mine, let it cook until I can touch it, then cut it up into chunks and throw it in a pot with some ghee, coconot milk (just a splash) and salt - then I cook and mash until it has a chunky mashed-potato like quality.
    Tonight, I'm trying butternut squash with anise for the first time - hope it's good!
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    kshacklett got a reaction from whitjm5 in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from whitjm5 in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Totally going to use this image as inspiration next time I'm faced with peer pressure about my eating choices
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    My Husband: "Hey, look, this vodka is gluten free. Your (vegan) dad can have it"
    Me: Vegan and gluten free are completely different. He's not eating animal products.
    My Husband: So gluten-free doesn't mean anything?!?
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    kshacklett got a reaction from whitjm5 in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Totally going to use this image as inspiration next time I'm faced with peer pressure about my eating choices
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Totally going to use this image as inspiration next time I'm faced with peer pressure about my eating choices
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    kshacklett got a reaction from whitjm5 in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from smwalw in Nut Free Classrooms, What to Do?   
    This whole "nut free" thing annoys me so much - and I am anaphalyactic to nuts and peanuts. My brother and I both grew up with food allergies, and we took care of ourselves. That meant learning how to read labels as soon as we learned to read, never eating anything we didn't know the origins of, and asking as many questions as possible about all the food we ate. I don't understand how when I was in elementary school (15-20 years ago) I was pretty much the only kid with food allergies, and now it seems that half the kids today claim that they can't even be in the room with nuts. All it has done is made everyone skeptical of every kid with "allergies" - we need to distinguish between "if I smell it I will die before you can get me to the ER" and "If I eat a lot of it I get a tummyache".
    And for the record, neither my brother nor I (with nut allergies) ever had a reaction to coconut; my grandfather can eat all nuts BUT coconut, so I'm not buying the connection.
    I would simply explain to the school that just as these children have dietary concerns, so does your son, and you'd appreciate it if they'd respect his diet and make equal consideration for him as well.
    *end rant*
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    kshacklett got a reaction from abney008 in Breakfast ideas?   
    Here are a few recipes that I've been enjoying for breakfast - I just make enough to last me through the week on Sundays. Some have eggs, but more as an ingredient than the main food.
    Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Hash
    Apple, Butternut Squash, and Bacon
    Pumpkin Oatmeal (this one needs a few substitutions to be compliant. I also double the number of eggs for added protein)
    Breakfast Sausage (just add spices to 1lb ground turkey, pork, etc)
    Pork and Plantain Cuban Breakfast Hash
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Allisonstrine in Sudden strength gain?   
    I've been strength training since last September, but all of the sudden I started noticing crazy muscle definition in my arms, and my burpees went from "I want to die" to "I can do this!"
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    I live in an area with no Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, so the organic aisle of my generic grocery store is the best I've got.
    So I'm walking through the other day, and I see a display of "Primal Jerky!" My heart soared! I could pack these as snacks! Because of course, by primal, they mean no sugar added, organic, grass fed, dried beef, right???
    No. They're vegan. First ingredient on every flavor is either Vital Wheat Gluten or Non-GMO Soy Protein.
    Fail.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Totally going to use this image as inspiration next time I'm faced with peer pressure about my eating choices
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    My Husband: "Hey, look, this vodka is gluten free. Your (vegan) dad can have it"
    Me: Vegan and gluten free are completely different. He's not eating animal products.
    My Husband: So gluten-free doesn't mean anything?!?
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    kshacklett got a reaction from mbasten in Olive Oil PAM spray - is it ok?   
    You need one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Misto-Brushed-Aluminum-Olive-Sprayer/dp/B00004SPZV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365703221&sr=8-1&keywords=misto
    Just fill halfway with olive oil, pump the lid, and works just like the pam, but without all the nasty chemicals. It will save you lots of money in the long run, too.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Renee Lee in Too many bananas?   
    \Haha thanks to Raffi I'm 25 years old and this song still runs through my head every week when I buy my apples and bananas at the grocery store.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from whitjm5 in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from JenniB in Vegetarian friends   
    I always find this topic frustrating, because the bottom line is that no one lives an impact-free life. Unless your vegetarian friends are living truly as cavemen, chances are their clothes come from sweatshops, they inadvertently support terrorism and violence through recreational drug use, they go to restaurants with cheap, immigrant labor, etc. While I totally agree with being informed, sometimes I just ask people to mind their own business. We all have causes we choose to support, and none of us can be everything to the world. Point out ways in which you are living your own life to make the world a better place, and thank them for doing theirs, then change the subject.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Allisonstrine in Sudden strength gain?   
    I've been strength training since last September, but all of the sudden I started noticing crazy muscle definition in my arms, and my burpees went from "I want to die" to "I can do this!"
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    kshacklett got a reaction from JenniB in Vegetarian friends   
    I always find this topic frustrating, because the bottom line is that no one lives an impact-free life. Unless your vegetarian friends are living truly as cavemen, chances are their clothes come from sweatshops, they inadvertently support terrorism and violence through recreational drug use, they go to restaurants with cheap, immigrant labor, etc. While I totally agree with being informed, sometimes I just ask people to mind their own business. We all have causes we choose to support, and none of us can be everything to the world. Point out ways in which you are living your own life to make the world a better place, and thank them for doing theirs, then change the subject.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from OMGitsKessi in Paleo Breakfast   
    If my breakfast doesn't include sweet potatos or butternut squash, I'm not interested. I think they're good vegetables to try for people who aren't used to eating veggies at breakfast - they definitely have a filling effect, while not being too flavorful or causing your stomach to work overtime.
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    kshacklett got a reaction from Avalanche in Comment I've heard a little bit too much lately   
    I think the important thing is that you're fully setting a good example yourself. When I was younger, my parents gave us the "standard" healthy diet - whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, low fat dairy - not paleo, but definitely not the SAD. I remember asking my mom for dessert with lunch, and she packed me grapes. I meant tastycakes, lol.
    So the good is that I'm the exact opposite of a picky eater, I know how to cook healthy, fresh meals (dinner was *always* from scratch growing up), and transitioning to a paleo diet was relatively easy for me.
    But the hard part - I learned in high school that my parents ate junk whenever we weren't around - stopping for coffee and donuts on the way to work, eating chips after we went to bed, candy bars at the office, etc. So as soon as I had a car and some money, I started eating all of those "forbidden" things too. The fact that I could suddenly eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted was absolutely addicting. But after a while (probably about 6 years) - the charm wore off, and I had to face reality. Eating all that junk was expensive and making me fat. I gained 35 pounds over 5 years.
    However - as soon as I made the decision to turn my life around, I already had those skills I learned as a child - the open mindedness about food choices, the cooking skills, the knowledge of what I needed to do and how to do it. The hardest part was changing my relationship with junk food - that it didn't need to be something "forbidden", just something I wasn't choosing to eat just because it was there.
    I think the parent/child relationship with food goes beyond what you feed them, and it's more important how you present food, choices, and lifestyle in general. And accepting that they may choose to eat a SAD for a while is similar to any other rebellion that young adults go through - they're experimenting with things that are new and different, and if they have the proper background, they'll likely return to the way they were raised.
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    kshacklett reacted to Robin D in Comment I've heard a little bit too much lately   
    One thing I've found--and this goes for all sorts of parenting related decisions we make (sleep training, discipline, etc.)-- is that people feel like you're judging them whenever you're making a very vocal and definitive statement about a child rearing issue. They feel the need to belittle it or tell you how it might work for you but it would never work for them because of (fill in the reason here). Clearly you're making your sister in law defensive by doing something that she either won't or can't do with her son. Both of my sister in laws have done the same thing to me; they, however predicted that we would *never* get our kid to eat vegetables like she does. And when she does resist we don't give in, ever, which is what they predicted we would do.....just like they predicted that my husband and I would gain a bunch of weight and stop eating healthfully after we had her; all of which hasn't been true in the least--I've been setting PRs since my baby was 9 months old!
    Good job on following your gut!
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    kshacklett got a reaction from OMGitsKessi in Paleo Breakfast   
    If my breakfast doesn't include sweet potatos or butternut squash, I'm not interested. I think they're good vegetables to try for people who aren't used to eating veggies at breakfast - they definitely have a filling effect, while not being too flavorful or causing your stomach to work overtime.